A group of Japanese women who sued the governor of Tokyo for saying it is 'almost a crime' for women beyond child-bearing age to continue living have expressed outrage after a court threw out their claim. The Tokyo District Court has rejected a demand by 131 female plaintiffs for 14.4 million yen ($1 million) in compensation and an apology for remarks made by Shintaro Ishihara in a magazine interview in November 2001. 'The worst thing that civilisation can produce is baba,' Mr Ishihara told the Weekly Ladies magazine. Baba is a colloquial term that can be translated as 'old hags'. 'It is a waste and almost a crime for women to go on living after losing their ability to reproduce,' the governor added. 'Men are capable of reproduction at the age of 80 or 90, but women are incapable ... after the menopause.' Mami Nakano, one of the lawyers representing the plaintiffs, said she was angry and sad at the ruling. 'The ruling is indicative of the trend in Japan to attach less weight to mental anguish and it is extremely regrettable that the court did not admit there was verbal violence,' Ms Nakano said. The lawyers are considering appealing over the ruling and will continue to demand that Mr Ishihara retract the comments and apologise. Mr Ishihara has claimed his baba comments were those of a university professor, but added cryptically, 'That might be true, but as a politician I couldn't publicly say that'. Judge Yoshiteru Kawamura agreed that Mr Ishihara's comments 'made many women uncomfortable and were inappropriate. It is difficult to conclude, however, that his words caused serious emotional distress to each of the women on a personal level.'